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Select the Best Rate for Agriculture Driven Purposes

Agricultural and Pumping Rates

If your business uses at least 70 percent of electricity for Agricultural Power Service1 general water or sewage pumping, or oil pumping (SIC Code 1311), SCE’s Agricultural and Pumping rates might interest you and help you save money.

For more information about any of the rates described below, please contact SCE at 1-800-655-4555 or click on the links below.

Rate Schedules
Rate Schedule Optimal Choice For

Rate Schedule TOU-PA-2

  • Available to small and medium-sized Agricultural and Pumping customers with maximum demands expected to be less than 200 kW.1
  • Option A of this rate has higher energy charges compared to Option B and a Facilities-Related Demand charge, but no Time Related Demand Charges.
  • Option B of this rate has lower energy charges compared to Option A but has both Time-Related Demand and Facilities-Related Demand charges.
  • Customers on this rate schedule may also participate in the Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) program as an available rate option.
Rate Schedule TOU-PA-3
  • Available to large Agricultural and Pumping customers with maximum demands expected to be between 200 kW and 500 kW2. Certain customers with demands above 500 kW are eligible for this rate schedule if they meet certain eligibility criteria, including individual water agencies and water pumping accounts that pump 70 percent or more of their water for agricultural purposes and for all customers that meet SCE’s Rule 1 Definition of Agricultural Power Service1.
  • Option A of this rate has higher energy charges compared to Option B and a Facilities-Related Demand Charge but no Time-Related Demand charges.
  • Customers on this rate schedule may also participate in the Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) program as an available rate option.
Schedule AP-I
  • Available to Agricultural and Pumping customers with a measured demand of 37 kW or greater, or with at least 50 horsepower of connected load.
  • Provides a year-round monthly credit to eligible customers who allow SCE to temporarily interrupt electric service during program events.
  • Offered on a contractual basis.
Real Time Pricing (RTP)
  • Customers are billed hourly electricity prices for generation that vary based on the time of day, season, and temperature.
  • Most optimal for customers that have the flexibility to shift or reduce energy usage based on temperature-driven pricing variations

1Agricultural Power Service, is defined in SCE’s Rule 1 Definitions, as “the electric energy and service used by a customer on the same Premises where the customer produces agricultural or horticultural products, including poultry and livestock. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Agricultural Power Service also applies to electric usage for: (1) packing houses that pack only whole fruits or whole vegetables, and associated cold storage on the same Premises as the packing houses; (2) cotton gins; (3) nut hulling and shelling operations; or (4) the production of unflavored fluid milk fit for human consumption by way of pasteurization, homogenization, vitaminization or fat standardization.

2To be eligible, 70 percent or more of your electrical usage must be for Agricultural Power Service, general water or sewerage pumping, or for oil pumping, as determined by SCE, and any remaining electrical usage may not be for purposes for which a domestic schedule is applicable.

 

Seasonal Incentives
Rate Options Features and Benefits
Critical Peak Pricing (CCP)
  • You will earn bill credits on your electricity bills from June through September that can significantly lower your annual costs.
  • You will benefit from this rate if you able to reduce your energy use during CPP events.
  • Your energy usage during CPP Event Days will be charged at a higher rate for the duration of the events, as outlined in the tariff.
  • SCE may, at its discretion, call a CPP Event any non-holiday weekday, and there will be 12 CPP Events per calendar year.
  • CPP Events will be called based on any one of the following criteria:
    1. California Independent System Operator (CAISO) Alert or Warning Notice
    2. Forecasts of SCE system emergencies – may be declared at the generation, transmission, or distribution circuit level
    3. Forecasts of extreme or unusual temperature conditions impacting system demand
    4. Day-ahead load and/or price forecasts

 

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